The NSU public history certificate, available online, prepares you for a career as a public historian.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    Public history is history, practically applied. Public historians work outside of the classroom to share history and historical methods with the public. Public historians work in museums, archives, art galleries, state and local preservation offices, and a wide variety of private consulting firms.

    Contact Information

    For more information, contact Rhonda Carda or call 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

    Ph.D. History, University of California, Riverside, 1995
    M.A. History, University of California, Riverside, 1990
    B.A. Sonoma State University, 1983
    Dr. Ric Dias is a specialist in 20th-century U.S. history, concentrating on the American west. His primary interests…
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University
    M.A. University of Delaware
    Ph.D. University of Delaware
    Courses Taught
    HIST 151  US History I
    GEOG 210  World Regional Geography
    HIST 240  Introduction to Public History
    HIST 481  Material Culture Studies
    HIST 483  Museums and Archives
    HIST 480  Historical Methods and Historiography

    Dr. David Grettler specializes in early American and environmental history. He is also a historical archaeologist interested in public history and teaches courses in museums, archives, and material culture studies. Dr.…

    B.A. Stanford University
    M.A. California State University, Sacramento
    Ph.D. University of California, Davis

    Dr. Marmorstein has been teaching at Northern since the fall 1988 semester and is the current mace-bearer, the distinction given the longest-serving Northern faculty member.  He uses the handle "Ancient Art" because he's a specialist in ancient history and the most ancient of the NSU faculty members.  He teaches lower division Western survey classes and upper division classes in ancient history, covering ancient Rome, ancient Greece, early church, and world religions.


    Dr. Marmorstein did his undergraduate work at Stanford, earning his B.A. in drama (1974).  After several years teaching high school English and drama, he returned to graduate school, eventually earning a Ph.D. in history at the University…

    PH.D. McGill University, 2003

    M.A. Carleton University, 1991

    Master's Program/Certificate, University of Helsinki, 1990

    B.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1988



    Professor Steven Usitalo is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, modern genocide studies, and the history of film. He is the recipient of several research grants. He co-edited an anthology on Russian history and published a monograph on the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov. Dr. Usitalo is finishing a substantially revised Russian translation of his book on Mikhail Lomonosov. His research focuses on two areas: Russian/Soviet and Armenian film, and the history of the Roma in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. When time allows, he is at work on…